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Raising Your Daughter for Ranger School

Right now, two women are enduring the last week of the United States Army Ranger School in the daunting Florida “jungle” phase, as part of a pilot program to help the Pentagon decide how they might open combat specialty positions to women in the future. Throughout their attendance at the course,... 
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7 Old Video Game Exclamations You Can Still Use in Parenthood

Back when it was a totally dope diss to say “don’t have a cow, man”, kids had a vocabulary full of pop culture. There was something magical about old video games’ vocal snippets. Because games had limited memory, and because we were dealing with cartridges and CDs instead of... 
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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh – who didn’t want... 
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KINTERVIEWS 002: Too Much Love
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Kinterviews is a new series of videos I am producing. It’s primarily a selfish effort that involves me presenting challenges and practicing interview techniques so I can get better at my full time job. It is one of many other ideas I am happy to announce I will be producing on 8BitDad’s YouTube Channel. I spent a lot of time figuring this out and the other videos, and I hate doing this, but I’m running ads so I can get better gear that’s easier to manage for these short stories.

The video series I’m most excited about is “Dad Shorts”, which will feature me diving into the lives and passions of Dads who I happen to know. It can be a bit daunting to be in front of a camera so I am focused on making uncomfortable situations a little more natural. With Kinterviews, I’ll be showing you that if I can allow myself to act like a fool on camera, then anything is possible!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and you’d like to be one of the first few to be on Dad Shortsshoot me an email! I can’t promise I’ll get to all the Dads I know in the next few years, but as long as I’m still breathing, I will be looking forward to telling your story!

For now, please enjoy the first couple of improv pilot episodes of Kinterviews.

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Kinterviews is a new series of videos I am producing. It’s primarily a selfish effort that involves me presenting challenges and practicing interview techniques so I can get better at my full time job. It is one of many other ideas I am happy to announce I will be producing on 8BitDad’s YouTube Channel. I spent a lot of time figuring this out and the other videos, and I hate doing this, but I’m running ads so I can get better gear that’s easier to manage for these short stories.

The video series I’m most excited about is “Dad Shorts”, which will feature me diving into the lives and passions of Dads who I happen to know. It can be a bit daunting to be in front of a camera so I am focused on making uncomfortable situations a little more natural. With Kinterviews, I’ll be showing you that if I can allow myself to act like a fool on camera, then anything is possible!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and you’d like to be one of the first few to be on Dad Shorts, shoot me an email! I can’t promise I’ll get to all the Dads I know in the next few years, but as long as I’m still breathing, I will be looking forward to telling your story.

For now, please enjoy the first couple of improv pilot episodes of Kinterviews.

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Winning Easter

As we wait in line to see the Easter Bunny, the reactions to my son are varied: some parents (especially those with new babies) just don’t get it. Parents of older kids chuckle and smile, point while they think we’re not looking, and when I do make eye contact, they smile and give me the knowing-dad-nod. Sometimes they walk by my son and say “cool!” Kids in line tug at their moms’ dresses and wonder why they’re in their Sunday’s best and my son is dressed like Wolverine.

As another little boy walks by and stares, my six year old says in a gravely voice, “happy Easter, bub.

I can’t imagine bringing my son to see the Easter Bunny in anything other than his Halloween costumes. And I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but I think you should start bringing your kids to see the Easter Bunny in costume as well.

As if you really need a reason to dress your kid up like Wolverine to see another costumed human. But nevertheless, I have reasons, because I’m a reasonable person.

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Zillow

The new normal is that brands are showing fathers as competent, caring, emotional and intelligent. They’re part of the family unit, no longer relegated to the hungry animal blasting in the door from work, ready to eat, have a beer and tune out. The image of fathers in commercials has matured (we won!), and because of it, commercial dads are cooking, cleaning and raising kids. It’s great.

One of the brands that’s consistently put out great dadvertising — Zillow — is back again. The real estate website has a spot on TV right now called “Gunnar’s Home”, and it tackles a non-traditional household with grace and respect.

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Yo-Kai Watch

“No, I know. It sounds weird to me too,” I assured the mother of my son’s friends. “I did just ask if your kids could come over and I could show them Japanese cartoons and take pictures of them. I get it.”

Let’s rewind back to mid-December: my son and I were Christmas shopping, and Nintendo had a game kiosk set up in the mall. Among the games was one called Yo-Kai Watch. My son and I wouldn’t have paid too much attention to it, except that one of the game’s characters was a butt. Like, literally, a butt. A Nintendo rep asked my son if he wanted a Yo-Kai Watch mask. “THE BUTT I WANT THE BUTT,” my son yelped because he’s seven years old and he’s my son and I love him as much as anything could love anything.

But I digress.

Flash forward to me on the phone with my son’s friend’s mom, stumbling through inviting them to our house for a Yo-Kai Watch party. All I kept thinking was “don’t mention the butt character, don’t mention the butt character.

“Also, there’s a character shaped like a butt who makes people fart,” I blurted out to the other mom.

Despite this, my son’s friends came over to play with some Yo-Kai Watch toys and watch episodes of the Disney XD show.

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Why It Matters That They’re Making Star Wars and Marvel Underwear for Girls NowAs the father of a young daughter, I am not used to social progress. I’ve come to expect that female politicians will be constantly asked about their appearance. I’ve come to expect that corporations will forget to make toys based on the female lead of their new blockbuster movie. I’ve come to expect that it will take Barbie over 50 years to acknowledge what real women look like. I’ve come to expect that, at every turn, society will find a way to let my daughter down, in big ways and small ways, entirely due to her gender. I am used to being disappointed on my daughter’s behalf.

So, imagine my surprise when I recently encountered some small, hopeful progress for girls in a completely unexpected place – children’s character underwear.

That’s right. There are Star Wars and Marvel underwear for girls right now and it’s kind of a big deal.

No, really.

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Right Way to Parent

Here at 8BitDad we care about parents. We want parents to know the most effective ways to parent their children, and so we’ve compiled a list of all of the hottest trends in parenting and ranked them. This is the 2016 edition because some methods have changed year-to-year and we need to account for that. Because we’re responsible and serious about our jobs.

Now get out there and parent the right way!

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FIFA Oh No

Too bad, so sad for a father in Pembroke, Ontario (Canada, y’all) whose son managed to buy almost $8,000 of in-game content in a FIFA game on his Xbox recently.

Lance Perkins’ 17 year old son dropped $7,625.88 CAD (about $5364.86 in USD) on EA’s FIFA game store content, which, assuming he’s playing FIFA 16, consists of “FIFA Points” – an in-game currency that allows you to buy “FUT Packs and Draft Entries” – basically, stuff to beef up your soccer/football/fútbol club. That’s a lot of draft entries; EA sells packs in increments ranging from 100 points — for $0.99 — all the way up to 12,000 points, which will set you back $99.99. Even if Perkins the Younger bought the 12,000 point packs alone, it’d still take him over 50 transactions to hit his total.

That’s dedication to the game, people.

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